Possible tidal surge as stormy weather on the way

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FLOODING could affect the area as stormy conditions are set to batter the south coast tonight and tomorrow.

The Environment Agency is closely monitoring the coastline as the Met Office predicts high winds and heavy rainfall tonight and into the weekend.

Heavy showers are forecast across the South East.

A low pressure system is expected to bring wet and stormy conditions to the south coast tomorrow.

Gale force southerly winds could bring about a tidal surge with the highest tides between 7am and 1pm tomorrow, as well as on Saturday morning.

Parts of Hampshire are forecast to receive between 10mm and 20mm of rainfall tonight and tomorrow.

Isolated areas may receive up to 30mm of rainfall.

The tidal gates at Eastoke and Lymington will be closed.

The Environment Agency is in close communication with local authorities and emergency services to prepare for any potential impacts as a result of the weather.

Andrew Gilham, Environment Agency flood and coastal risk manager, said: ‘With stormy weather forecast from tonight and into the weekend, our teams are working hard to prepare and to make sure our professional partners are prepared.

‘We have officers out checking flood defences, closing flood gates and clearing any river blockages. We are receiving regular updates from the Met Office, and will continuously monitor both tidal conditions and river levels to ensure we are prepared.

‘People should be aware that there could be a lot of water around, so avoid trying to drive or walk through any flooding and be sensible when out and about, particularly around the coast.

‘Now is a good time for anyone who lives in an area vulnerable to flooding to think about the precautions they can take to protect their properties, and I would encourage everybody to check their flood risk at the Environment Agency website.’

Those in flood risk areas should sign up to the Environment Agency’s free flood warning system – the most immediate and localised source of information on flooding – by calling 0845 988 1188 or visit environment-agency.gov.uk/flood.